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217 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

One of the finest Pacific Coast piers, as they're usually called in California, is Stearns Wharf. Built in 1872 for cargo delivery and passengers, the pier has survived earthquakes, storms and fires. Today, an entire subculture of colorful...

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2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA

Among California's 21 Spanish missions, the late-18th-century national landmark Mission Santa Barbara is considered the "queen of the missions." Those interested in early California history will also want to stop by the whitewashed, red...

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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA

For a tranquil city break, visit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which displays a thousand different native California plants over 31 hectares (77 acres), through which guests can stroll some eight kilometers (five miles) of trails with mountain...

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With the longest southern-facing coast in California and with the protected Channel Islands offshore, Santa Barbara offers a premier whale-watching environment. Humpbacks, gray and blue whales and other magnificent marine mammals squeeze...

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1639 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463, USA

For more than a half century, it's been a rite of passage for travelers making the drive up or down the California coast to stop in little Solvang, 50 kilometers (31 miles) over the mountains from Santa Barbara. The town's windmills and...